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Multiplayer - Intense, Realistic Damage,
This review is from: Medal of Honor - Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
For the timebeing, this is only a review for the multiplayer portion of this product. I'm sure you won't need another "the singleplayer is too short" rant! But anyhow, the online multiplayer does indeed feel like a cross between the 'close combat' Call of Duty and the 'don't run around like a maniac' Bad Company 2. You need to think about what you're doing because with the current damage system in place, you're going to need that brain of yours.
If you run out into the open, you're most likely already flanked, have a light tank coming up behind you and have three guys on the other side of the barrier cutting you off in front. Basically, you're dead. If someone puts the right amount of bullets (few) in the right amount of places (many), you're going down and there's no miraculous revival technique to save you. For this game, you won't find yourself emptying an entire clip into an enemy, only for them to survive, get killed by someone else after they kill you... and then have a medic save them. It is very balanced and quite refreshing to play.
But ultimately, if you're familiar with Call of Duty, you're familiar with Medal of Honor. You have your weapons that you can customise with their expanded magazines or red dot sights. You also still have killstreaks, but this time you get a choice between using an "offensive" killstreak (Mortar Strike / Rocket Strike) or a "defensive" killstreak (recon plane / ammo pack). The more explosive perks do pack a punch but they are very localised so don't expect to take the entire battlefield out 10 times over just because you killed 10 people in a row. This game does still reward those doing well, but gives players the option to help their team rather than help themselves and every man counts in Medal of Honor.
If you know Team Deathmatch from Call of Duty, then you know team assault. If you know Rush from Bad Company 2, then you know Team Assault. Fancy a few rounds with a little less help? Go for hardcore mode.
So what's really bad about the multiplayer? Spawn points. I've sat at my spawn and watched man after man of the enemy team spawn in sight behind a few boxes. Hopefully this will be rectified soon or a lot of players are going to find themselves continuously spawn killed for quite some time. Also, if you're prone to causing or recieving friendly fire, stay out of hardcore mode because you can, and will get killed by a member of your team at some point. Yes the beauty of it is, you can respawn and return the favour if you wish, but you will lose points by doing so.
What online environments there are look great and some maps put you into the modern world conflict by keeping the fight going outside of the map's boundries. Fighting on Kabul City Ruins? Keep a look out because you're going to see the explosive conflict ongoing all around you.
The sound quality of the game is great and I recommend grabbing yourself a set of headphones to get the most out of it
So overall is the multiplayer of the game worth the purchase? Maybe not at the full price if the Singleplayer doesn't take your fancy and you would like to wait for a patch or two. But the online portion is a fun thing to pick up and play when you have an hour or two on your hands.